Report: Apple is testing USB-C iPhone models for 2023

2021's iPhone 13 still uses Apple's proprietary Lightning port.

Enlarge / 2021’s iPhone 13 still uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple is testing iPhones that use the industry-standard USB-C port, according to a new report in Bloomberg citing people with knowledge of the situation.

Since 2012, Apple’s smartphones have used the company’s proprietary Lightning connector. But more recently, the slightly larger USB-C port has come to dominate consumer electronics, including most of Apple’s other products. Consumers, reviewers, and even government regulators have called for Apple to drop Lightning in favor of USB-C in recent years.

This has led Apple to a tough spot, with three possible paths forward, each of which has some major downsides.

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